1 person found this helpful
Your DVD can be read in New Zealand AND in England?
I'm not sure what you're looking for solution for, Tony.
Steve - thanks for your reply. Yes - my question does not say what I mean!
1) produced a DVD in Premier Elements 4
2) this plays in New Zealand on both DVD players and computers
3) in England the same DVD would not play on computers or DVD players.
4) I used a DVD +R
5) I have re 'cut' a DVD using the -R disk and sent this for testing in England
6) my understanding is that DVD's are produced via Premier Elements without any Region codes.
Very sorry for not writing my question correctly in the first place.
1 person found this helpful
No. There are no region codes on home-burned DVDs.
However, home-burned DVDs are very different than commercial DVDs.
Commercial DVDs are pressed.The metal inside is imprinted
Home-burned DVDs use a chemical process for recording data. Because of this, you can't always play home-burned DVDs on standard DVD players. Particularly if you use cheaper brand names (like Memorex).
Though that doesn't explain why you can't play it on your computer.
That's something I can't figure out.
Is your computer capable of playing DVD+Rs? Can you browse the DVD and see the VIDEO_TS folder on it?
In NZ I can view the files on t he DVD. They do also play. In England I could not read the files on the DVD. One of the computers I was using was a new Dell 1530.
>play it on your computer
I don't think he said anything about HIS computer... the problem is with "some" other computers... the "some" being specific to country
Yes in New Zealand, NO in United Kingdom
Thing is... what is the "general" difference between computers in those two areas of the world?
>Can you browse the DVD and see the VIDEO_TS folder on it?
There should be no difference between a computer that can play DVD+Rs in England and one that can play DVD+Rs in New Zealand.
That's why I'm curious if he can browse the DVD on his computer and see the VIDEO_TS folder.
Thank you, Tony.
That's an indication that your problems have nothing to do with software. Everything that needs to be there is there.
It must be an issue with the disc itself.
Thanks again Steve. I have already sent another disk DVD -R for testing. I will send another tomorrow to a computer guy I know in England to also check. I guess when you say the disk - you are referring to the DVD not the player.
I did check the DVD used in England beofretaking it there myself. However, I do take your point and will follow through.
Other than having the material in PAL (the format of the UK and parts of Europe - and I thought NZ?), there are a few considerations on getting a disc to play on the greatest number of computers and set-top players:
1.) high quality media. Verbatim and Taiyo Yuden are excellent choices. Others, well not so much.
2.) burn at the slowest speed allowed by the combo of media speed, burner speed, and software's capability to burn slowly. Unfortunately, PE does the speed setting automatically. I would do a test of burning to a Folder in PE, and then using the freeware ImgBurn to physically burn to disc as slowly as is possible.
3.) keep the bit-rate below 8MB/sec. Seven is a good figure to shoot for, as quality will be high, and playability very good. Keep in mind that NO set-top player is required to play ANY burned DVD. Most do, but some just will not. They are not required to, by the DVD-spec. - only replicated, commercial DVD's.
Note that many newer set-top players in PAL-land can and do play NTSC discs. Older players not so likely. Also, in NTSC-land, a PAL disc will almost always be non-playable. As Steve points out, all burned DVD's are non-region-specific. Only replicated, stamped discs can have region codes, so this will not be an issue.
Hunt - many thanks for your inputs. I have sent some more disks, to 3 different people in the UK for testing. All disks worked okay in NZ on both DVD players and computers. I think I should wait for the results before proceeding further. There's a possibility that the disk I took to the UK may have been damaged by say X-rays in transit. I want to remove this possibility first.
X-Ray should not be an issue, though other sorts of damage could occur. These would be more in the physical realm, however.
What brand of media did you use? It seems that you've done both +R & -R. Going back a bit in the evolution of set-top players, this made more difference than it seems to with more modern equipment - still, not a bad idea to test. One has no control over the hardware that a client my try to play the DVD's on.
Good luck, and let us know how it works out,
Thanks Hunt. I have confirmed that the newly cut DVD's are being read in
the UK. I have yet to have all 100% confirmed - those that have tested them
ok. The media I am using is "Lightscribe" DVD -R and DVD+R. Thank you all
for your inputs.
Good news! Obviously, the Project Preset for PAL, or NTSC will have great impact on the playability of your DVD's, but the media, the burn speed and the max. bit-rate can also have an impact.
It seems that with newer players, the NTSC discs are much more compatible with PAL players - the reverse is unfortunately not so. Oh, those lucky PAL folk!!!